John Holifield – Board Chairman

Over the past 17 years, John’s professional path has been focused in the areas of adolescent mental and behavioral health. In 2013, he left his home state of Alaska and moved to Washington to work at a local church as a youth pastor. In 2017, John joined the Lake Washington School District and the Eastlake Learning Community in his current role providing support for students and families that are experiencing issues with truancy and school attendance. Many of the concerns that surround truancy such as human trafficking are directly linked to the mission of Escape to Peace.

In addition to his role with the Lake Washington School District and Escape to Peace, John is currently serving as a Defensive Line Coach for the Eastlake High School football team. where he continues his work of mentoring young men and women.

Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis – Treasurer

A member of the King County Sheriff’s Office for over 35 years, Joe has worked more than 15 years as a police officer and detective with the Sheriff’s Office. Joe was promoted to Sergeant just prior to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which caused partial blindness in both eyes, effectively ending his ability to serve in that role.

Highlights of Joe’s career include the rank of Master Police Officer and many years as a Narcotics Investigator. Joe was able to overcome his disability and transition back into the Sheriff’s Office non-commissioned professional ranks as a Program / Project Manager and Grant Administrator.

For the past 15 years, Joe performed a broad range of duties leading to the acquisition of nearly 150 federal and state grant awards totaling approximately $50 million. Joe has a BA from the University of Washington. He has been married 32 years and has two grown boys. He remains active in his church, and serves as mentor.

Rosalynn Sumners

Rosalynn Sumners – Marketing / Public Relations

Rosalynn is a former three-time US National Champion, World Champion, and the 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist in women’s figure skating. In her 20-year professional career, she was a charter member of Scott Hamilton’s Stars on Ice tour and performed with the company for 13 consecutive years.

She served as a figure skating analyst for NBC, CBS, Turner, and USA Network. Rosalynn was a corporate spokesperson for Nu Skin, Campbell’s Soup, Corn Flakes, and John Hancock, to name a few. She was inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2001.

Rosalynn grew up in Edmonds, Washington and continues to live in the Pacific Northwest, where she spends her time supporting philanthropic causes.

Mary Gale

Mary Gale – Event Coordinator

Mary has thirty years of professional event management experience, with expertise in the creation, planning, and implementation of corporate recognition programs and employee events . Her experience includes sales incentives, incentive travel, sales meetings, executive meetings, employee morale events, gala ceremonies, conferences, and employee recognition programs.

She worked for McCaw Communications for 15 years and then AT&T for 10 years followed by a career at Expedia for 8 years.  Mary grew up in Idaho and has a B.S. in Business from the University of Idaho.

She moved to the Seattle area after college and currently resides in Kirkland with her husband of over 30 years. Retiring from the corporate world in 2017, she now devotes her time to her cabi business and philanthropic causes.

Claire Thornton

Claire Thornton – Secretary

Claire graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and went on to Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Originally an environmental attorney, Claire happened upon an opportunity to work for a judge in 2000 and was surprised by how much she loved working directly with the public and in a courtroom. When the judge retired, Claire was hired by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she spent the last 15 years.

Claire’s last five years as a prosecutor were spent in the Juvenile Division, which is where she was first introduced to Escape to Peace (ETP). Quickly impressed by the incredible work that ETP did with several girls on Claire’s caseload, she immediately became a devoted supporter of ETP and is now proud to have been appointed to the Board of ETP in 2019.

Claire Thornton, born in Seattle to British parents and raised mainly in Bellevue, spent a few formative and interesting years in Reno, Nevada during middle school and high school. Claire thinks of herself as a true Pacific Northwesterner and is often the only one at any gathering who was actually born in Seattle. In her “spare” time, Claire enjoys cooking, writing, painting, watching seven nieces and nephews grow up way too fast, and volunteering at her husband Greg’s youth art events.

Angela Gilleland

Angela Gilleland – Board Member

Angela grew up in a small town north of Seattle and moved to the city in 2005 to attend the University of Washington. While earning a BA in Political Science, she interned for a small law firm and volunteered her time as a tutor for elementary and middle school children. While volunteering, she discovered her passion for legal advocacy and working with children and teens.

After graduation, she started working for a boutique litigation firm specializing in defense, where she has stayed for 8 years. 

When she isn’t working or volunteering, Angela enjoys spending time sewing, running, hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her Siberian Husky, Ludo.

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